Renault enters the fray with a small crossover for the masses

Renault premiered the grand stage with an all-electric crossover concept called K-ZE. It will eventually head to the production line and reach the masses next year. The concept looks funky, and the production version may not be very different from the concept. Given the segment Renault has slotted it in, the car will most likely fetch big sales numbers.

The K-ZE Concept Is Based On The Kwid

The Future of Renault Lies in this KWID-Based Electric Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show
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The concept looks like a reworked version of the Kwid - more like a Kwid from the future, and it likely shares the same platform as the current production model.

The all-electric range is expected to be 150 miles, which is a good figure as per segment norms. The "K" in the name supposedly stands for "Kwi" and the ‘ZE’ is a reference to the electric powertrain.

Charging can be done through a domestic plug or public charging stations. Inside the cabin, the Renault K-ZE gets an infotainment system that includes a navigation system, reverse camera view, and some other connected services. Renault’s Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, said: “We are introducing the K-ZE, an affordable, an urban-SUV model electric model, combining the best of Renault Group: our leadership in EV, our expertise in affordable electric vehicles, and in forging strong partnerships.”

Renault’s Ambitious Plans For The Future

The Future of Renault Lies in this KWID-Based Electric Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show
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Apart from K-ZE making its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the French automaker also announced its plans to electrify its B- and C-segment cars in Europe.

Thus, the next-gen Clio will come with a hybrid powertrain, whereas the Captur and Megane will be seen in plug-in hybrid avatars.

Other than the cars, Carlos Ghosn also revealed an Augmented Editorial Experience, or AEX. He described it as “a new vision for the future of mobile continent,” which combines “content, connectivity services, media, and mobility,” and it’s said to “turn travel time into a learning experience beyond driving and beyond the car itself.”

Conclusion

The Future of Renault Lies in this KWID-Based Electric Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show
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Renault seems to have tapped a market wherein the K-ZE has the potential to sell well.

The K-ZE will first launch in China in 2019. The car has jointly been developed with Dongfeng and Nissan’s joint venture called the ‘e-GT New Energy Automotive Co’ that, according to Renault, is “created to develop and produce competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market.” The concept looks sweet, but do you think the production-spec car will retain similar looks? Let us know your thought in the comments section below.

Further reading

2015 Renault KWID High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2015 Renault KWID.

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